3 innovative apps that will better your life

first_img 28SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Wendy Moody Wendy Moody is a Senior Editor with CUInsight.com. Wendy works with the editorial team to help edit the content including current news, press releases, jobs and events. She keeps … Web: www.cuinsight.com Details When you have free time on your hands, do you immediately jump on social media? It seems that the minute we have even the smallest bit of down time, we can’t wait to check our social accounts. But, is this really the best use of your time or the best way to better our lives? If you’re phone is handy and you’ve got spare time, instead of exploring social networks, check out these three interesting (and free!) apps that will actually better your personal and professional life.BlinkistYour full-time job is demanding and you’re always on the go. So, how in the world are you supposed to find time to boost your knowledge and explore new ideas and trends? With over one million users, Blinkist provides access to over 2,000 bestselling non-fiction titles in 15-minute summaries for reading and listening. Offering “big ideas in small packages,” Blinkist lets users explore over 19 categories from management and leadership to money and investments.BrightNestThis free home maintenance app offers users a variety of creative cleaning tricks, interior design advice, and general tips for keeping homeowners happy. BrightNest will send subscribers free customized tips for meeting maintenance goals and provides a scheduling tool for tasks and projects, complete with On-the-Go Reminders.Habit ListAre you working to better yourself but have difficulty staying motivated? Whether your goal is to develop new and better habits or drop bad ones, Habit List helps you “build a better you” by keeping you focused and on track with your goals. Just as the Fitbit motivates users to stay healthy by taking a certain number of steps each day, Habit List lets you decide what to work for and challenges you to stay committed and beat personal bests. The app tracks your daily “habits” and shows your progress and provides weekly and monthly reports on completion percentages.last_img read more

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Injured Clinton firefighter released from hospital

first_imgCLINTON — Clinton firefighter Adam Cain, who was critically injured battling a a fire earlier this month, is being released from the hospital today.A news release from Clinton City Hall says Cain has met with his surgery team, trauma team and physical therapy team. All have agreed that the 23-year-old Cain has done amazingly well in his healing process. They have decided he can be discharged and cleared to go home with follow-up outpatient therapy.Clinton Fire Lieutenant Eric Hosette died while fighting the fire at the city’s ADM plant on January 5th. The incident is still under investigation. Hosette was 33.last_img read more

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Sport in 2019: Ten offbeat stories

first_imgOh deer!— The kick-off in a Scottish football match was delayed after a herd of wild deer left excrement all over the pitch.“Kick off suspended due to the ref being delayed, the pitch currently waterlogged — and covered in deer faeces,” Nairn County, who play in the Highlands League, tweeted ahead of the game at Fort William.The match in April eventually ended in a 6-2 defeat for hapless Fort William, their 29th loss in 31 games.Sue are you?Name game: The French Open trophy being held up by Jelena Ostapenko in 2017. On the honours list, 1976 winner Sue Barker is classed as Australian rather than British © AFP/File / Eric FEFERBERG— When Sue Barker won the Roland Garros women’s title in 1976 she became Britain’s most recent champion in Paris — or did she?An eagle-eyed photographer spotted that Barker is listed as Australian and not British on the list of champions whose names are engraved on the Suzanne Lenglen trophy presented each June to the French Open women’s champion.“Last time I checked, Sue Barker was British – are my eyes deceiving me?” tweeted Ella Ling who snapped a photo of the cup which has classed Barker as ‘AUST’ rather than ‘GBR’ for the last 43 years.“I mean seriously….how has no one noticed!”Red alert— Dimitris Giannakopoulos, the owner of Greek basketball club Panathinaikos, was fined 3,000 euros for leaving a pair of red women’s underwear on the empty bench of rivals Olympiakos before a game.“It was an act that defamed the sport,” said the sports judge who handed down the ruling.Giannakopoulos made the move after Olympiakos — who play in red — failed to show up for a February contest in Athens.Standing room onlyStanding room only: Sebastian Rodriguez of Veracruz watches Guido Rodriguez of Tigres © AFP/File / VICTOR CRUZ— Players of Mexican football club Veracruz went on strike in the opening minutes of a league game, allowing grateful opponents Tigres to walk in two goals unchallenged.Veracruz decided on the radical action of standing — instead of running — about the pitch to protest over unpaid wages.As a result, Eduardo Vargas and Andre-Pierre Gignac put Tigres 2-0 ahead inside three minutes on their way to a 3-1 win.At the end of the games, Veracruz sarcastically applauded their opponents who they claim reneged on a promise to respect their strike.“They knew that we were going to stay still for three minutes,” said Veracruz defender Carlos Salcido.Cut! Hamilton too busy for ‘Top Gun’— Lewis Hamilton had to put his ambitions to be a Hollywood movie star on hold because he was too busy winning Formula One world titles.The six-time world champion revealed he had to turn down a role in “Top Gun: Maverick” due to lack of time.The 34-year-old’s role in the film was expected to be bigger than in his previous movie appearances in “Zoolander 2” and “Cars”.Eddie’s not having a ballWater torture: England’s Eddie Pepperell © AFP/File / Paul ELLIS— British golfer Eddie Pepperell’s Turkish Open bid came to an abrupt and early end when he ran out of golf balls.Pepperell put five balls into the water at the fourth hole before telling playing partners that was quitting the course.Offside — by an ‘armpit’— Liverpool maintained their lead at the top of the Premier League with a last-gasp win over Aston Villa but came perilously close to being denied a result — by an offside armpit!Jurgen Klopp’s side, who took all three points at Villa Park thanks to Sadio Mane’s 94th minute winner, were trailing to Trezeguet’s opener when Roberto Firmino thought he had tapped home the leveller seven minutes later.However, the linesman raised his flag and a VAR check confirmed the decision to the rule the goal out, with the Premier League revealing that Firmino’s armpit “was marginally ahead of the last Villa defender”.The decision looked like it would lead to Liverpool losing their first league match of the season, before Andy Robertson headed home an equaliser in the 87th minutes and Mane snatched the points deep in stoppage time.“It’s not right that we laugh about it. Managers get sacked over it,” Klopp said after the game.Fowl play— A Croatian footballer kicked a chicken to death during a semi-pro match.The incident took place when a brood of chickens ran onto a pitch in the eastern part of the country.Ivan Gazdek from the home team NK Jelengrad, ran after the birds, kicked one with his foot and then chucked it over the fence in a flurry of feathers.“I ran towards the chickens to chase them away, swung my foot and accidentally killed one,” said Gazdek.Pope and glorySaints and winners: Pope Francis © AFP / Tiziana FABI— The New Orleans Saints got a surprise shout-out from Pope Francis, with fans and at least one player taking the inadvertent tag as a good omen for the NFL team.Francis created five new saints in October in a canonisation ceremony at the Vatican.“Today we give thanks to the Lord for our new #Saints,” he posted on Twitter — with the combination of a hashtag and the capital letter of Saints apparently adding the New Orleans team’s fleur-de-lis logo.Saints linebacker Alex Anzalone put a screenshot of Francis’ tweet on his own Twitter feed.“Wow, are we blessed or what?!??” Anzalone wrote.Bees stop play— A swarm of bees sent players taking cover on the pitch during a Cricket World Cup game between South Africa and Sri Lanka in Durham.“It’s very funny. Looks like someone’s just had a machine-gun through all the players on the field and everyone is down on the ground,” said South Africa skipper Faf du Plessis.“You are not brave enough when there is a swarm of bees flying. I’m brave, but not that brave.”0Shares0000(Visited 12 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000No arm done: Roberto Firmino’s armpit was adjudged to be offside in Liverpool’s game against Aston Villa © AFP/File / Paul ELLISPARIS, France, Dec 25 – Matches held up by wildlife and underwear protests, chickens in danger in Croatian football and offside armpits.AFP Sport looks back at 10 of the best offbeat moments in sport in 2019:last_img read more

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Giants open key series in Chicago awaiting more news from California

first_imgCHICAGO — The Giants will open a three-game series at Wrigley Field on Tuesday without an important member of their staff in the dugout.Trainer Dave Groeschner did not make the flight with the team from Arizona to Chicago on Sunday as he traveled to Southern California instead.Groeschner joined outfielder Steven Duggar at Monday appointment with Dr. Neal ElAttrache in Southern California before heading to Modesto to watch veteran starter Johnny Cueto make a rehab start Tuesday for the High-A …last_img read more

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Weird-Science Origin-of-Life Theories

first_imgTwo news articles on the origin of life seem bizarre at best.  One even used the word “bizarrely” in its own self-evaluation.Living dust:  Zap the dust in your living room and it may come alive.  Is that the gist of this story in PhysOrg?  A team of international scientists thinks that cosmic dust in plasma takes on properties similar to that of carbon-based life, like DNA.  Here’s the word bizarrely—Quite bizarrely, not only do these helical strands interact in a counterintuitive way in which like can attract like, but they also undergo changes that are normally associated with biological molecules, such as DNA and proteins, say the researchers.  They can, for instance, divide, or bifurcate, to form two copies of the original structure.  These new structures can also interact to induce changes in their neighbours and they can even evolve into yet more structures as less stable ones break down, leaving behind only the fittest structures in the plasma.    So, could helical clusters formed from interstellar dust be somehow alive?  “These complex, self-organized plasma structures exhibit all the necessary properties to qualify them as candidates for inorganic living matter,” says Tsytovich, “they are autonomous, they reproduce and they evolve”.It should be noted that these behaviors were noted in computer models, not in real plasmas.We could be Martians:  The same scientists who revived bacteria from alleged 8 million year old ice (see 08/04/2007) say their study helps refute panspermia.  Life could not have come on comets, says a reporter on NorthJersey.com, because radiation would have killed it.  But since it might survive inside meteorites, it was OK for him to trade one weird-science theory for his own.  Because life was so hardy on Earth, and since Mars is just one step away, isn’t it logical?  Staff writer Bob Groves ended on that note: “Microbes might survive a trip from Mars if encased in a meteorite, [Paul] Falkowski of Rutgers said.  ‘So we could all be Martians,’ he said.”Neither of the reporters dealt with the difficulties of their ideas.  The first story, for instance, failed to mention how genetic information might be stored in plasma dust, or how it could produce useful function, and be reproduced accurately.  It mentioned that life might have started as plasma dust before it became carbon-based, but presented no plausible idea how or why a “genetic takeover” might have occurred.    The second article failed to deal with the difficulties of assembling ribose and amino acids of the right handedness on the surface of a dead planet, explaining the origin of genetic information, getting it packaged into a meteorite, and delivering it unharmed to Earth in sufficient quantity and safety where it would not be destroyed the moment it splashed down.  The article dismissed the idea that “building blocks of life” were delivered by comets, but then presented a similar idea (that they were delivered from Mars in a meteorite by a chance process) as plausible.    The 15th Intl. Conference on the Origin of Life will be held a year from this month in Florence, Italy.The gutless science reporters, who should be gatekeepers of rationality, let anything and everything pass as long as it is materialistic and Darwinian.  This, folks, is the sorry state of science reporting in our world today.  These same reporters will attack creationists in the worst vituperative rhetoric, and portray them as the enemies of science wanting to bring on the dark ages, but in the same breath will let weird Frankenstein tales pass right on through unopposed as long as they assume evolution.  The only controversies they occasionally report is when two Darwinists disagree about whose Darwinian tale is better.  We have a lot of work to do.(Visited 9 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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SA to phase out inefficient bulbs by 2016

first_imgThe total global greenhouse gas emissions accrued to lighting electricity consumption was estimated by the IEA in 2005 at approximately 8% of world emissions, or 70% of world passenger vehicle emissions. He said the aim of achieving a global phase-out of ordinary light bulbs by 2016 was not only possible but “infinitely doable”. South Africa’s power supply is under pressure from a growing economy, and this would be greatly mitigated by the phasing out of incandescent lamps, allowing the electricity saved to be directed to other social pressing needs. UNEP executive director Achim Steiner told reporters the move would allow South Africa to electrify over four-million more homes with the power saved from phasing out incandescent light bulbs. There has been criticism around the health hazards of the mercury used in CFLs, which complicates their disposal. The en.lighten Initiative will support countries in setting up legislation and sustainable end-of-life approaches for spent lamps. Over 25 developing countries from four continents have joined the partnership, with Uruguay becoming the first nation to support the initiative in August this year. Move towards efficient lighting Incandescent lamps have already been phased out, or are scheduled to be phased out, in most OECD countries, as well as Argentina, Brazil, Malaysia, Mexico, Vietnam and other developing countries. The International Energy Agency (IEA) estimates that in 2007 the total electricity consumption due to lighting was at 2 650 terawatt-hours – representing almost 19% of the global electricity consumption. Up to 95% of the energy emitted by incandescent lamps is in the form of heat and only 5% light, making their efficiency inherently low. They also only last around 1 000 hours, which is significantly shorter than energy-saving lamps, which can last up to 12 000 hours. 8 December 2011 Energy saving alternatives However, over 130 countries still market inefficient incandescent lamps. “Lack of awareness about the energy-saving and financial benefits of efficient lamps is a key deterrent for their market penetration in developing countries,” UNEP said. Meanwhile, research shows that, using current economic and energy efficiency trends, it is projected that global demand for artificial light will be 60% higher by 2030 if no switch to efficient lighting occurs. SAinfo reporter and BuaNews Almost 20% of global consumption South Africa will be working with UNEP to share lessons learned with other African countries willing to phase out incandescent light bulbs, said Energy Minister Dipuo Peters. Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs) are also becoming more prevalent in the market. They do not contain mercury and have other advantages such as longer life, warm light colour similar to incandescent lamps, and low heat generation. A principal, readily available alternative lighting solution comes in the form of compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs). Unlike older incandescent light bulbs, CFLs produce an equivalent amount of light using 75% less energy. They also last up to 10 times longer than incandescent bulbs. The move, announced on the sidelines of the UN climate summit in Durban on Wednesday, is linked to the global en.lighten Initiative by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), which is aimed at helping countries combat climate change through the transition to energy-efficient lighting. “We encourage all countries that have not yet phased out inefficient lighting to join the UNEP Global partnership and work with us to move towards an efficient lighting world to mitigate climate change,” Peters said. “Fast-tracking more energy-efficient lighting is without a doubt one of the ‘low hanging fruit’, offering not only emissions savings but also cost savings to a company or a household budget,” Steiner said in Durban. South Africa is to phase out all incandescent light bulbs and replace them with energy-efficient ones by 2016, making it the first African country to undertake a comprehensive national transition away from inefficient lighting.last_img read more

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21 days agoNorwich City boss Farke: I’m at the right place

first_imgNorwich City boss Farke: I’m at the right placeby Freddie Taylor21 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveDaniel Farke says he feels like he is the “right place” at Norwich City. The German will rack up 100 league matches in charge of the Canaries this weekend when his side face Aston Villa at Carrow Road.”I feel that I’m totally in the right place. I enjoy my life here and I like the challenge to create something special, and we are creating something special at the moment,” he said.”I feel really honoured and blessed and look forward to be allowed to work in this responsible role for such a long time. You can’t take it for granted but it would be a great honour to be here even longer.”Then hopefully one day we can look back in this spirit and I would be happy if the people can say, ‘Okay, he’s done alright and we’ll take this’.”To be honest, I don’t look back too much. It was mentioned to me in the beginning of the week so you have to be unbelievably thankful to the key people in our club – to our owners Delia and Michael, to Stuart (Webber) and to our board but also to our supporters to trust me and allow me to help the yellow shirts to succeed.”I am humble and just thankful that I’m allowed to plan this extraordinary role for this amazing club and it’s a great privilege.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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